Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada

Global Poker Index

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here’s a look at the rankings as of April 13, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
122
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 101
Mike McDonald3,338.24
224
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 102
Sam Greenwood3,312.54
332
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 103
Mike Leah3,192.67
443
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 104
Ari Engel3,002.33
545
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 105
Jonathan Duhamel2,992.69
649
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 106
Daniel Dvoress2,888.21
750
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 107
Samuel Chartier2,880.47
893
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 108
Ami Barer2,445.36
9100
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 109
Daniel Negreanu2,424.01
10107
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Tumbles to No. 10 in Canada 110
Mike Watson2,379.79

It's the usual bunch on Team Canada again this week, but there has been a bit of shuffling as players exchanged spots in the country's 10 best tournament players. Without any major recent scores from any of these players, Mike McDonald still sits on top as our nation's best.

The first change this week is that Ari Engel has hopped over Jonathan Duhamel to take the No. 4 spot this week by a slim margin. We also saw Mike Watson lose a large amount of chips, sending him from No. 8 in the country down to No. 10, giving Ami Barer and Daniel Negreanu the chance to each move up a spot.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4,437.17-
2Byron Kaverman4,244.32-
3Bryn Kenney4,158.56-
4Jason Mercier4,019.44-
5Connor Drinan3,975.62-
6Dominik Nitsche3,966.73-
7Fedor Holz3,878.63-
8Nick Petrangelo3,832.54-
9Tom Marchese3,787.49-
10Anthony Zinno3,756.48-

All was calm at the top of the overall Global Poker Index rankings this week as the top 10 remained exactly the same and Steve O’Dwyer extended his stay atop the list for a 14th-straight week.

Among this group at the top, sixth-ranked Dominik Nitsche has been in action this week representing the Berlin Bears in Global Poker League matches, taking first and second in two Eurasia Conference six-max matches on Tuesday, then winning one of three heads-up games yesterday versus the Moscow WolverinesVladimir Troyanovskiy (currently ranked No. 51 in the GPI).

Seventh-ranked Fedor Holz of the L.A. Sunset also played in one of the Americas Conference six-max matches yesterday, taking third.

Meanwhile today the New York RoundersJason Mercier, currently No. 4 in the GPI rankings, will be taking on Phil Galfond (currently No. 603 in the GPI) of the San Francisco Rush in a three-game heads-up match starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
239David Stefanski1,788.61
285Jean Gaspard1,717.60
295Eugene Katchalov1,694.49
299KC Wong1,676.76
300Timothy Reilly1,676.32

There were only five new names in this week’s GPI top 300, the fewest number of newcomers to the list in recent memory.

David Stefanski is the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 301 to No. 239. Stefanski recently chopped the 2016 Foxwoods Poker Classic $2,700 Main Event with Andrew Kaplan to earn a bundle of points and send him back onto the top 300 list.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
188Josh Beckley1,939.88+76
285Jean Gaspard1,717.60+67
239David Stefanski1,788.61+62
240Alexander Greenblatt1,788.22+46
184Felix Stephensen1,957.74+34

Stefanski’s upward move earned him a spot as well on this week’s “Biggest Gains” list, topped by Josh Beckley who jumped up from No. 264 to No. 188.

The 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up picked up another second-place finish this week in a $1,650 buy-in preliminary no-limit hold’em event in the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown, enabling him to crack the top 200 of the GPI for the first time in his career.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
208Max Pescatori1,883.81-73
267Chad Eveslage1,735.57-53
260Nathan Bjerno1,746.05-48
91Ismael Bojang2,467.13-34
258Shaun Deeb1,746.67-34

Speaking of the Global Poker League, Rome Emperors manager Max Pescatori took the biggest tumble of any of this week’s top 300 ranked players this week, slipping from No. 135 to No. 208.

What to Expect Next Week

That aforementioned WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series continues this week in Hollywood, Florida, as does the Mid-States Poker Tour Colorado series in Black Hawk. The 2016 Seneca Niagara Falls Western New York Poker Challenge kicks off tomorrow as well.

Meanwhile the Russian Poker Tour is in action in Minsk, Belarus, the Unibet DSO is playing out in Cannes, France, and the WPT National Johannesburg High Roller got going today in South Africa.

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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